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Doc who stole body parts has bone cancer

NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) -- A former New Jersey oral surgeon convicted of stealing organs, bones and tissue from more than 1,600 bodies is dying of bone cancer in prison, officials say.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.
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Dentist gets prison for body parts scheme

NEW YORK, June 28 (UPI) -- A dentist was sentenced Friday to 18 to 54 years in a New York prison for orchestrating a scheme to sell human tissue and body parts from funeral homes.

Guilty plea from seller of body parts

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- A New Jersey dentist has pleaded guilty to heading a multimillion-dollar operation that sold body parts plundered from funeral homes in New York.

Tony Blair to teach at Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 7 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will teach at Yale University, the Ivy League school announced Friday.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007.
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Thompson Files: Loss of will on Iraq

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- If this generation of Americans is to act responsibly, it cannot walk away from what it has wrought in Iraq, nor can it ignore the character of the adversary that so bedevils it there.

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Alistair Cooke's daughter speaks out

LONDON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The daughter of legendary British broadcaster Alistair Cooke says more needs to be known about global trafficking in body parts such as happened to her father.

Stolen bones implanted in British patients

LONDON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Patients of the British National Health Service have reportedly been implanted with possibly contaminated bone from a batch stolen from the United States.

Mortician pleads guilty to stealing bones

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A New York funeral home owner has reportedly pleaded guilty to selling the bones of "Masterpiece Theatre" host Alistair Cooke.

Many with transplants getting tested

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- People in the United States, Canada and Europe are being tested after getting a transplant or tissue from a New York City firm.

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Today is Sunday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2005 with 41 to follow.
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Alfred Alistair Cooke KBE (20 November 1908 – 30 March 2004) was a British/American journalist, television personality and broadcaster. Outside his journalistic output, which included Letter from America and Alistair Cooke's America, he was well known in the United States as the host of PBS Masterpiece Theater from 1971 to 1992. After holding the job for 22 years, and having worked in television for 42 years, Cooke retired in 1992, although he continued to present Letter from America until shortly before his death. He was the father of author and folk singer John Byrne Cooke.

Born in Salford, Lancashire, England, his father was a lay Methodist preacher and metalsmith by trade; his mother's family were of Irish Protestant origin. Originally named Alfred, he changed his name to Alistair when he was 22. He was educated at Blackpool Grammar School, and won a scholarship to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he gained an honours degree (2:1) in English. He was heavily involved in the arts, was editor of Granta, and set up The Mummers, Cambridge's first co-sex theatre group, from which he notably rejected a young James Mason, telling him to stick to architecture.

Cooke became engaged to Henrietta Riddle, the daughter of Henry Ainley. However whilst he was attending Yale University and Harvard University on a Commonwealth fund fellowship, she deserted him. He met Ruth Emerson, a great-grandniece of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in 1933, and they married on 24 August 1934. Charlie Chaplin had agreed to be Cooke's best man, but he was a no-show at the ceremony. The couple had a son, John, who graduated from Harvard University and shortly thereafter (1966) became the road manager for Big Brother and the Holding Company. After the band's lead singer Janis Joplin started her own band with solo billing, John Cooke remained her road manager. He was her confidant at the time of her death in 1970.

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